Steve Kerr opens up on hosting Trayvon Martin's mom at Warriors-Heat


Steve Kerr opens up on hosting Trayvon Martin's mom at Warriors-Heat

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has gained a reputation for wearing his emotions on his sleeve during his coaching career. During Friday’s loss to the Heat in Miami, he wore something more dear to his heart, in the form of a wristband with “I Am Trayvon Martin” inscribed on the rubber accessory.

Martin was killed 240 miles up the road in an Orlando suburb of Sanford, at the hands of George Zimmerman. The band also came with a guest: Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was at the game, per Kerr’s request.

The two share a common thread of losing loved ones to gun violence. Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was murdered in 1984 in Lebanon while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. Twenty-eight years later, Martin -- Fulton's son -- was killed by Zimmerman. Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, was confronted by Zimmerman, after seeing him walk in his gated community. In the ensuing altercation, Zimmerman shot Martin, killing him. During the trial, Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense and ultimately was found not guilty of second-degree murder.

"It was heartbreaking," Kerr told to NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s a pain that will never go away."

Following Friday's loss, a Warriors team official guided Fulton to Golden State's locker room, where she met with the team and Kerr.

“It’s not easy," Kerr admitted. "What do you say to somebody who’s lost a child in that manner? There’s not much I can say. Just try to do nice things for people and kind gestures go a long way,"

In recent years, Kerr has been outspoken on social issues of race and gun control. Last year, he participated in a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area to call for tougher gun laws.

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With Fulton's visit, Kerr hoped to bring her solace.

"So she was a beautiful woman," Kerr said. "I’m glad we could host her and she could meet some of our guys and have a fun night at the ball game. It meant a lot to me."

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.